Promoting National Nutrition Month® in your Practice

by Caroline Kaufman
Mar 02, 2016

Happy National Nutrition Month®! This year The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chose the theme, ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.’ I love the dual focus on mindfulness and flavor because the two truly go hand-in-hand—you can’t appreciate flavor unless you pay attention to what you’re eating.

Here are three fun ways you can help clients and patients ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’ this month:

  1. Create a Flavorful Snack Handout (bonus points if you turn it into an adult coloring book). Help clients take their snacking game to the next level with unique flavor combinations. You could focus on topics like herbs and spices or snacks from around the world.

    Here are a few combos to get you started:

    1. Mediterranean-style Fruit & Nut Bowl: Figs + dry-roasted pistachios + a dash of cardamom + cottage cheese

    2. Asian-style Edamame Trail Mix: Dry-roasted edamame + dried cranberries + almonds + sunflower seeds + mini chocolate chips

    3. Norwegian-style Smoked Salmon: Thinly sliced whole grain bread + a smear of smashed avocado + smoked salmon + sliced cucumber (Asian-style variation: swap the bread for dried seaweed, and turn into hand rolls)
  2. Plan a Cooking Demonstration with a Mindful Eating Component. Ease clients into the kitchen with a cooking demo that makes meal prep seem as simple as the miracle mop. Then, take it up a notch by guiding them through an interactive lesson on mindful eating. If you’re new to mindful eating, check out one of the many helpful books or online resources on the topic or team up with an experienced colleague.

  3. Go Shopping (A.K.A. guide parents on a grocery store tour). Design a grocery store tour that helps parents shop for their kids, and emphasizes the importance of family meals and turning off the TV (or the tablet, smartphone, laptop, video game, Oculus Rift and whatever else kids play with these days) at meal and snack time. Show parents how to quickly scan food labels, transform pantry staples into healthy, kid-friendly meals and snacks, and explain their children’s unique nutrient needs. Extra credit if you provide recipes for healthier treats like whole grain cereal trail mix, high-protein fruit smoothies, quick fruit crisps, nut butter apple-granola sandwiches, and chocolate-dipped clementine slices.
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